We’ve discussed this issue before, but it’s always good to discuss whether or not hiring a lawyer makes sense for your personal injury case. If you have medical bills and lost wages that are less than $2000, you probably don’t need an attorney.
If there is no visible damage to your car, it’s going to be difficult to prove that you had any appreciable injury to most juries and insurance adjusters. That doesn’t mean the impact wasn’t severe…it only means that it will be difficult to prove the impact was severe. Over the past several years, juries have grown less patient with cases involving only “soft tissue” damage. For most jurors, being present every day and serving on jury duty is giving them neck and back pain! They don’t want to hear about yours.
If the accident was your fault, don’t bother hiring a lawyer (unless you need one to defend you). I will be honest with you. I’ve turned away many cases because I honestly believed the client would be much better off without my involvement. It’s not that I don’t want to help….it’s mainly because the client will probably be better off doing it themselves. Of course, I’m still available to help people evaluate their case. Feel free to call.
by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic and surrounding communities.